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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 October 2006, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
Fox attacks government on care of military forces
On the Politics Show, Sunday 22 October 2006, Jon Sopel interviewed Dr Liam Fox, Shadow Defence Secretary

Shadow Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox
Troops' healthcare and benefits in Fox's firing line

Shadow Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, attacked the government over its treatment of military forces, on Sunday's Politics Show.

And responding to criticism from Gordon Brown that Conservative tax and spending proposals did not add up, Dr. Fox said: "I suppose the only thing you can really say about Gordon Brown is that he's taken longer to screw up the economy than most Labour chancellors have in the past."

Dr. Fox has campaigned on the issue of separate military hospitals, and he told the Politics Show: "Medical care [has] got to be done in completely independent units and it means no mixing with civilian patients.

"And what we've had so far in my view as been an absolute betrayal of people who've put their lives on the line for our security and it's simply not acceptable."

However, writing in the News of the World on Sunday, the Prime Minister made clear that while troops would be treated in separate military wards in NHS hospitals, he was opposed to separate military hospitals.

Dr. Fox also attacked an apparent cut in forces' benefits mentioned in the Mail on Sunday: "This stealth tax on our troops, is exactly the same as what he does to the rest of the population which is, he gives with one hand and takes with the other".

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The Politics Show Sunday 22 October 2006 at 12.00pm on BBC One.

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